78th concert season 2019-2020

Sat 21st September - Rhythmie Wong

Rhythmie Wong

Multi-award-winning pianist Rhythmie Wong set a remarkably high standard for the opening concert of our 78th season. She chose a programme which beautifully demonstrated her lightness of touch and technical fluency. She introduced each piece in turn, highlighting musical themes and providing historical background information about the composers. She closed the concert to a well-deserved standing ovation, then unexpectedly treated us to an encore by a Chinese composer.

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Sat 16th November - Andrey Lebedev and Iosif Purits

Iosif Purits (left) with Andrey Lebedev (right)

Andrey Lebedev first gave us a solo recital two years ago and his dazzling display of technique and musicianship led to a return visit, this time with his friend Iosif Purits, the highly acclaimed accordion player. They combined to put on one of the most outstanding concerts in recent memory, Iosif delighted and astounded the enthusiastic audience with his virtuoso accordion playing, in the second half they played a series of duets.

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Postponed - Caroline Tyler (piano), Sarah Dubost (cello), Andrew Thurgood (violin)

Caroline Tyler

Award-winning concert pianist Caroline Tyler has perfomed as a soloist and ensemble nember at many prestigious venues in England and abroad to critical acclaim. A local musician, Caroline was a prize-winning postgraduate student at the Guildhall School of Music. She teaches as well as performs and gives annual masterclasses in Istanbul. Her programme will include Chopin's Polonaise-Fantasie Op61, Ravel's Jeux d'eau and Trio's by Rachmaninov and Shostakovich.

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Sat 19th Oct - Alexandra Lomeiko with Kumi Matsuo

Alexandra Lomeiko

We were treated to a recital of great virtuosity from an extremely accomplished duo in a widely diverse programme featuring works by J.S. Bach, Gabriel Fauré. Karol Szymanowski and Maurice Ravel. Alexandra explained the provenance of the works and intention of the composers between pieces and our audience responded to the warmth and enthusiasm of both performers by clapping enthusiastically afterwards and at their encore.

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Sat 15th Feb 2020 - Jonathan Radford

Jonathan Radford with saxophone

We are delighted to welcome Jonathan Radford, one of the leading classical saxophonists of his generation. He is in high demand internationally, having won Commonwealth Musician of the Year, Gold Medal and First Prize winner in the 2018 Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition UK.

Jonathan has given recitals at major venues internationally including at the Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre, Bridgewater Hall Manchester, Seoul Arts Center South Korea, Grieg Hall Bergen, and Philharmonie de Paris.

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Postponed - NYJO Ambassadors

NYJO ambassadors playing

We welcome the return of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, the UK's premier young professional jazz orchestra, led by Artistic Director and trumpeter Mark Armstrong.

Their 'Legends of Jazz' programme will feature tunes by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Thelonius Monk, Juan Tizol, Pat Metheny and other cutting edge artists. An evening not to be missed!

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